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City is in good shape, mayor says

Mayor Bill Droste started his annual state of the city address by remarking on Rosemount’s strong sense of community.

In particular, he noted the efforts of the Rosemount High School Marching Band and their recent trip to the Tournament of Roses Parade and on the community-wide campaign One Rosemount Feeding Families that packed nearly a quarter-million meals for Haitian refugees.

“It is such an honor to live in a community with so many dedicated, selfless citizens,” said Droste.

In his remarks Tuesday to a group at the Rosemount Community Center, Droste said 2013 was a good year and that 2014 is shaping up to be strong as well.

“Thanks to the investments of taxpayers and private businesses and the energies of our workers and volunteers, the state of Rosemount is strong,” said Droste.

Rosemount’s population rose slightly in 2013 to 22,711 people. Droste said the latest census data show about a third of the population is under age 18 and 8.4 percent is over 65. Forty percent of adults living in Rosemount have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

“All of these numbers rank us highly within our county. And while they are encouraging, they show the need for us to work hard on planning measures both locally and in our region to support the needs of a growing community,” said Droste.

One key is job growth. Droste said Rosemount had some success stories in the past year. Flint Hills added more than 200 jobs. Proto Labs and Hawkins Chemical also added to their work forces.

Droste said the city will continue to work to attract new employers and to support existing ones. The port authority will continue to work with the Open to Business initiative. Additionally, the city council has made it a goal to step up marketing efforts for economic development.

In the next year, the city also has a number of projects planned including road improvements, the addition of tennis courts to Erickson Park, a new splash pad feature in Central Park and upgrades to the Steeple Center.

Droste said the city will continue to work to bring more senior housing to Rosemount. Stonebridge Companies plans to build an assisted living facility with memory care next door to the Steeple Center and the Dakota County Community Development Agency plans to build on the former Genz Ryan site along Highway 3.

Overall Droste said the state of the city is good “and we have every reason to hope and expect for continued strength in our hometown.”

To view Droste's full remarks click here

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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